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10-part landscaping series begins February 8

Posted 1/19/2011

A new class to follow on the first Tuesday of every month

Extension Specialist Sue Donaldson of University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) presents “Nevada Landscaping that Works!” — a free series of landscaping and horticulture classes spanning 10 months of the 2011 calendar year.

The 10-session series — sponsored by Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO Nevada) — will guide Northern Nevada gardeners through specific issues that can challenge Reno horticulturists throughout the year. Each class takes place on the first Tuesday of every month between February and November.

Donaldson said Northern Nevada’s harsh climate can present difficulties for beginning- and moderate-level gardeners.

“Northern Nevada’s dry summers and cold winters can do a number on our yards,” Donaldson said. “We hope these classes can give Nevada gardeners a much-needed advantage.”

Each class is designed to help Reno-area horticulturalists face specific challenges that present themselves throughout the year, Donaldson said. Classes will cover weed control strategies at the beginning of the dry summer months and tips for winter watering as the outdoor temperatures begin to drop.

A breakdown of each class is as follows:

  • Feb. 8 — Is My Yard Earth-Friendly? — Is all that water and fertilizer you’re pumping into your lawn any good for the planet? Come find out.
  • March 8 — Building Healthy Soil — What makes a healthy soil? Bring in a sample of soil from your yard and our Master Gardeners can guide you on a pathway to a healthy soil and a happy yard.
  • April 12 — Harvest Free Water for Your Plants — This free class provides the average gardener with tips and techniques to design a landscape so that it captures rainwater and snowmelt as a free source of water for plants.
  • May 10 — Bloom When You’re Planted — Master Gardeners will introduce beginner- and moderate-level gardeners to plant species that thrive in Nevada’s trying climate. The right plants are not only tough enough to handle the challenge, they also attract native pollinators and insect predators that can help you manage your garden pests.
  • June 14 — Gain the Upper Hand on Weeds — Each weed in your yard might require its own special control method. Come learn the best strategies to controlling some of northern Nevada’s toughest weeds.
  • July 12 — Trees and Turf: Can They Coexist? — Learn the basics of caring for these oft-competing plants to produce a harmonious relationship in your yard.
  • August 9 — How Much Irrigation Water Do I Need to Use? — Has your water bill gone up since you started gardening? It’s not uncommon. Water is expensive! Learn about easy-to-use tools that allow you to adjust your irrigation systems to specific plant needs.
  • September 13 — Save Seed for Next Year — Join UNCE specialists as they guide gardeners through hands-on methods for collecting and saving seeds from successful fall crops.
  • October 11 — Composting: Garden Gold — Believe it or not, composting is easier than it may seem. UNCE specialist can take you through the step-by-step process of creating a successful, sustainable compost pile that will enrich your garden.
  • November 8 — Help Your Landscape Survive Winter — The winters can be tough in Northern Nevada, but by following the right steps, Reno gardeners can weather the winter storms.

The first two classes in February and March will be held at Bartley Ranch at 6000 Bartley Ranch Road in Reno.

The remaining eight classes will be held at UNCE’s Washoe County office at 4955 Energy Way in Reno.

Participants who attend seven classes in the series will receive a "Green Gardener" certificate from UNCE and NEMO Nevada.

"The certificate is something attendees can show to their friends and neighbors to say, ’Hey, I took these classes and I know a thing or two about gardening in northern Nevada,’" said horticulture specialist Heidi Kratsch.

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical address provided, please contact Ashley Andrews at (775) 784-4848 or andrewsa@unce.unr.edu at least 24 hours in advance of your visit. The University of Nevada, Reno is an EEO/AA institution.

For more information about the “Nevada Landscaping That Works!” series, contact Sue Donaldson at (775) 784-4848.

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